What’s an abortion?

The information on this page is intended as a helpful guide only. Always seek out professional medical advice about your unique health situation.

If you find yourself unexpectedly pregnant and you aren’t ready to become a parent, you could have an abortion. An abortion is a very common and safe medical procedure to end a pregnancy.

What’s an abortion? 
  • An abortion is medical procedure to end a pregnancy
  • Research shows that 1 in 4 Australian women of reproductive age have had an abortion
  • Abortions are done at specialist clinics or hospitals
  • There are two types of abortions: surgical or medication abortion

An abortion is a time-sensitive decision. If you think that you want to end the pregnancy, it’s best to act quickly. 

Make an appointment to visit a Sexual Health Clinic (sometimes called a Family Planning Clinic) or see your doctor as soon as possible.

People at a protest, holding up signs with slogans on them like "Trust women", "Abortion is health care" and "Never again".
Where can I go to get an abortion?

First, you will need to visit your doctor or a Sexual Health Clinic. They will likely order a blood test to confirm whether or not you are pregnant. Once confirmed, you will then be referred to a specialist clinic for an abortion procedure. 

Abortion is a very safe procedure in Australia. Only highly trained medical professionals can carry out surgical abortions or prescribe medication to terminate a pregnancy.

Visit Children by Choice for more information about abortions and a step-by-step guide to a surgical or medication abortion.

Where to go for help

You might want to talk to a trusted friend or adult. If you’re feeling nervous about talking with someone you know, consider talking to a counsellor or psychologist

You could also contact Kids Help Line (1800 55 1800) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For medical support, see your doctor or head to your local Sexual Health Clinic for free and confidential advice. Follow the links below to find one near you.

Sexual Health Clinics across Australia:

New South Wales
Northern Territory
South Australia
Western Australia

Need someone to talk to? Free, confidential support is available.

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